Course curriculum

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    • The Importance of Autonomy

    • What Can You Control?

    • Be Careful of the "We Aren't Allowed to..." Narrative

    • Be Quietly Rebellious

    • Share Autonomy with Students: Co-Creation of Learning

    • Teachers: Share Autonomy with Support Staff

    • Reflections on Autonomy

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    • Creativity

    • Getting Started with Creativity

    • Creative Projects that Boost Student Engagement and Reduce Teacher Workload

    • Two Sources of Creativity: Your (and Your Students'!) Interests

    • An Example of Teacher Creativity

    • Why Autonomy and Creativity Sometimes Freak Us Out

    • Reflections on Creativity

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    A Few More Important Ideas

    • Online Teachers: Offer Students Choice

    • School Leaders: Share Power and Control with Faculty

    • Time Management Tip: How Not to Get Overwhelmed When Trying Something New

    • Creativity is a Skill Set, Not a Gift

    • Before You Go, Help Me Improve this Course

Meet Your Instructor

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson had been teaching for several years when he and his wife started their family. Suddenly, things got overwhelming--fast. Determined to maintain his passion for teaching while also being a good parent, Mike embarked on a quest to find better work-life balance. This self-designed research project resulted in the book, The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out. Now, as an education consultant, Mike supports teachers on topics such as differentiated learning, social-emotional learning, and, of course, teacher health and balance. Mike received a National Milken Educator Award as a classroom teacher, and in 2020, he received the Outstanding Educational Leader Award from NHASCD for his work as a consultant. When not consulting, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH.

Are you a school or district leader?

Email Mike to discuss group rates.